Schools across the world celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 8th February 2022. Pupils and staff across the Nursery and Junior School here at Robert Gordon's College have been participating in activities, workshops and assemblies throughout the week.

Mrs Houston, Junior School E-Safety Co-ordinator shared: "Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology. Across the Junior School, pupils have taken part in a number of safer internet activities. Our Primary 6 Digital Champions helped to create assemblies for our younger pupils from Nursery to Primary 4. It was fantastic to see how the children collaborated and shared learnings on keeping themselves safe online. We also hosted a special Junior School assembly.

"This year we were delighted to be joined virtually by Robbie Ross, Chief Security Officer from Converged Communication Solutions, who shared his expertise with pupils from Primary 5 to Primary 7.

"Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in Robert Gordon’s College, and celebrating Safer Internet Week is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year. Having someone as experienced in cyber safety as Robbie Ross, speaking with our older pupils from Primary 5 to Primary 7 is such a great opportunity and it is always great to make connections within our community."

Robbie Ross, Converged Communication Solutions, commented: “It is great to have the opportunity to speak to the pupils at Robert Gordon’s College about the importance of internet safety and explaining how we all create digital footprints.  These youngsters have all grown up in an internet world, so may not be as guarded as older generations when interacting with others online.

“Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for us all to consider how we use the internet and communicate over it, so that we stay safe and are respectful to others while online.  A robust password can be a great first line of defence in staying safe online.  Understanding that can help us all to be more digitally secure in our lives.”

Later this month we look forward to hearing how Senior pupils recognise Safer Internet Day when they participate in a week long programme starting on 21st February 2022.